Natural Jute Yoga Mats – Perfect for Hot Yoga!

Our Natural Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat is made from Jute and PER (Polymer Environmental Resin). The natural jute fibers in this mat offer the strength of conventional mats, yet are biodegradable. This mat’s unique look and feel are created by meshing jute fibers with patented PER, which is phthalate-free and safer for workers during manufacturing. The result is a mat that looks distinctive and lets you feel better about your ecological footprint — yet doesn’t compromise on the grippy, cushiony texture you count on for your best yoga positions.

Natural Jute and PER Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat

Natural Jute and PER Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat

Our customers love them for all types of practice, but especially love to use them as hot yoga mats.

One reviewer says, “I love this yoga mat. You don’t get as much slippage, even in a heated yoga class. I would certainly purchase another of these mats when the time comes. Love the fact that it’s eco-friendly too.”

Another satisfied yogi says, “Excellent choice for a yoga mat. No toxic smells emanating from this mat and provides a secure hold to the floor during my Heated Power Yoga Class. Great price.”

Check our our Natural Jute and PER Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats as well as our wide selection of other yoga mats, at barefootyoga.com!

Posted under Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Styles of Yoga, Yoga Gift Ideas, Yoga Mats, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on August 1, 2012

Original Eco Yoga Mats – beautiful and eco-friendly!

Our Original Eco Yoga Mats are all back in stock, and people can’t stop talking about them! They are simply one of the best and most earth-conscious yoga mats available today. The Original Eco Mat is composed exclusively of all-natural rubber and jute fiber. There are no chemical additives used. It is excellent for any consistent practice of Yoga. Its rubber underside grips the floor while the jute fabric/rubber mix on top offers superb traction – even in a heavy sweat. It is a highly durable, tactile, and pleasantly natural surface to practice on — and might remind you of walking barefoot on the earth.

One reviewer raved:

“I am so happy that I found a yoga mat that is not only efficient but also extremely environment-friendly. This mat is pretty to look at, durable, and comfortable to work with. I would recommend it to any of my friends or family members interested in yoga.”

Another satisfied Original Eco Mat user said:

“I bought this mat after a lot of reasearch. This one was difficult to get as it is out of stock in most places. I finally got one, and its truly amazing. Its got a nice texture, not too soft and not too rough. And it has a very good grip. I placed it on the floor and found some poses difficult (i need a little more cushion as I am a newbie). I usually use 2 yoga mats in classes, so I placed this one on a thin carpet and it was perfect. Its rolls and unrolls easily and occupies very little space. its light enough to be carried out. Also, i got the green color and it looks amazing!”

Visit our website to learn more about the Original Eco Mat, and view some of our other eco-friendly yoga mats, such as the Barefoot Hybrid Eco Mat, the Barefoot Natural Jute and PER Yoga Mat, and the E.C.O. Mat by Prana!

Posted under Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Yoga Gift Ideas, Yoga Mats, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on June 28, 2012

Cotton Velvet Yoga Mat Bags

Barefoot Yoga Co. was born out of sincere admiration of yoga and the desire to inspire its practice. The original yoga mat bag was designed in 1996 by the founder of the company, while traveling in India. Our durable Yoga Mat Bags are expertly crafted in India from an exotic assortment of quality fabrics, including traditional Indian patterns, solid colored cotton, lush cotton velvet and 100% hemp.

Cotton Velvet Yoga Mat Bag in Classic / Magnolia Pink

Cotton Velvet Yoga Mat Bag in Classic/Magnolia Pink, with Barefoot Natural Jute and PER Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat

Our Cotton Velvet yoga mat bags have been a big hit with customers who love luxurious fabric but still want the practicality of a sturdy yoga mat bag.

One happy yogi says:
“Have had my eye on this bag for a while with its material, quality and style in mind. I have a Manduka black mat, and it fits perfectly!! Would also be great for a smaller mat for additional room. Love the color (and the others offered are great too), and the pocket is a wonderful addition so that I can go into class with keys and not have to carry another bag.”

Check out our variety of yoga mat bags on our website now!

Posted under Uncategorized, Yoga Mats, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on June 21, 2012

Downward Dining Giveaway of BFY Hybrid Mat!

Hi All,

Hope you have had a great start to the new year! Downward Dining just posted a giveaway of our Barefoot Yoga Hybrid Eco Mat on their website and we wanted to share if with our readers so that you can have a chance to win this awesome mat:) The giveaway details can be viewed here, Hybrid Giveaway, and a winner will be chosen on February 29th.

There are two ways to enter:

1) You can like Downward Dining on Facebook and update your status with a link to their page along with a note about what your mat means to you

2) You can sign up for the Downward Dining mailing list here: Sign up for Downward Dining

Downward Dining is a yoga, culinary and community experience. They will have their first launch event on March 16th in Los Angeles, so please send your support their way!

Namaste,

Barefoot Yoga Company

Barefoot Yoga Hybrid Eco Mats

Posted under Barefoot Yoga News, Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Yoga Mats

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on February 1, 2012

26 ways to re-use your yoga mat!

Here is a great article by FitSugar.com on how to re-use your old yoga mat!

1. Hang it horizontally in your garage to keep car doors from scraping the walls.

2. Use it as a kitchen mat in front of the stove or sink.

3. Lay it under your sleeping bag on your next camping trip; it won’t provide much in the way of cushioning, but at least you won’t feel every rock and stick.

4. Scrub the heck out of it, then cut it up as liners for shelves and drawers.

5. Make it into floor covers for the backseat area so your kids’ muddy shoes and cleats won’t ruin your mats.

6. Carpet the tree house!

7. Cut it into small circles and use them under furniture legs to protect the floor.

8. Wrap it around that attic beam or basement pole you keep running into.

9. Put it under the litter box so the cat won’t track stuff all over the floor.

10. Cut it to fit under slippery rugs to keep them in place.

11. Put it under the stationary bike or treadmill to protect the floor from sweat and machine-induced scratches.

12. Line the floor of Fido’s crate to make your pooch more comfortable.3. Lay it on the laundry room floor in front of the dryer so dropped clothes stay clean.

14. Cut it into circles and use them as jar openers.

15. Put a piece in the trunk of your car to keep groceries, boxes, and sports equipment from banging around.

16. Put a square under your pet’s food and water dishes to keep the bowls from skittering (and splashing) all over the floor.

17. Cut out shapes of fruits, veggies, and animals, and put them to work as hot pads under pots and pans.

18. Use it as a kneeling pad to keep your knees happy and clean when you’re working in the garden.19. Lay it by the pool so your feet don’t get all grassy (or cement fried) when you step out.

20. Roll it out under your beach towel—that sand is always harder than it looks, isn’t it?

21. Cut it into circles to put under leaky planters and flowerpots to protect the furniture or floor.

22. Use it as a cushioned drop cloth for your next big painting or refurbishing project.

23. Trim out a large rectangle, fold it in half, stuff some newspaper or foam in between, and use Crazy Glue to seal the sides. Voilà: a stadium seat pad!

24. Wrap pieces of it around sharp chair legs, table corners, and fireplace hearths for instant baby proofing.25. Let the kids use their safety scissors to cut out fun shapes and glue magnets to the backs.

26. Cut it up into new mouse pads for everyone in the house.

Posted under Barefoot Yoga News, Yoga Mats

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on November 8, 2011

Original Eco Mat – Earth Day write up

Check out the Earth Day write up about the Original Eco Mat from Fitblogger.com!

Green Fitness: How to Keep You and The Earth Healthy

Original Eco Mat

Original Eco Mat

Posted under Barefoot Yoga News, Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Press, Yoga Mats, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on May 24, 2011

Choosing an Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat

We recently came across a great posting on the Consumer Reports Health Blog about choosing eco-friendly mats for your yoga practice. The article may be from 2008, but it’s certainly still relevant and worth sharing!

The posting makes a good point about how eco-friendliness can range from mat to mat, as can the price, due to the cost of materials used. Some mats are certainly more eco-friendly than others, though all are considered better for the environment and your body than mats made from PVC.

At Barefoot Yoga Co., we strive to offer a wide array of possibilities, from the extremely environmentally friendly “Original Eco Yoga Mat” to mats made from TPE and PER. We also offer other alternatives, such as our Mysore Practice Rugs.

We encourage our customers to buy “green” whenever possible and to find a yoga mat that works for your practice. Feel free to contact us at info@barefootyoga.com or by calling 877-227-3366. We are happy to answer any questions about our products.

Namaste!

Posted under Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Mysore Practice Rugs, Yoga Mats, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on April 23, 2010

Breaking In Yoga Mats

It’s not always easy finding the right yoga mat for your particular body and practice; everyone is truly unique! However, one thing we highly recommend is having patience with your new mat, before giving it the boot.

Nearly all mats on the market today, including the eco-friendly yoga mats, have a breaking in period. This period can vary, depending on the mat, usage, exposure to certain elements (think sun or salty, ocean air), and extra steps the owner can take to speed up the process. New mats nearly always have a factory layer on them that needs to be wiped off, prior to usage. The factory layer is there so that when the mat is unrolled for the first time, it doesn’t pull itself apart. The layer can be easily wiped off with a wet towel.

Here are a few other options for removing the factory layer and speeding up the breaking process:

  1. Wipe the mat down with a heavily diluted vinegar/water mix or biodegradable soap/water mix. This will help remove the factory layer, as well as eliminate common mat odor. Just be sure to rinse thoroughly, as to not create a new slippery residue on the surface.
  2. Salt Scrub – wipe your mat down with a mixture of salt and warm water, using a cotton cloth. Then rub again with just warm water to remove any excess salt.
  3. Leave the mat unrolled in a very warm room for a few days to help the surface become stickier.
  4. Use your mat! Working the material via your practice and wiping it down after each use will help break in the mat.

Normally, mats will get better and better the more you use them. If you’re having trouble finding a new mat that provides enough stickiness, even after the breaking in period, you may want to consider an alternative. We suggest using a Mysore Practice Rug or Skidless Yoga Towel, both of which can be used in conjunction with a mat. Another option would be the Yoga Grips, which are also great for traveling.

Please always feel free to contact us via email or phone for yoga mat advice.

Namaste!

Posted under Mysore Practice Rugs, Yoga Mats, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on March 31, 2010